tv Asia Insight PBS December 17, 2014 6:30pm-7:01pm PST
the city of tacloban and nearby areas suffered the worst damage. but the mainstay industries of fishing and agriculture have resumed. however, unforeseen problems have arisen. thestally affected the island's environment. but local people are doing what they can to move on. it's been a year since typhoon
haiyan. in this episode of asia insight, we see how the people of tacloban are trying to overcome their grief and working hard to rebuild their lives. the city of tacloban is located in the northeast of leyte island in the central philippines. tacloban developed into a port city in the mid 19th century. last year, typhoon haiyan left more than 2,700 of the city's population dead or missing. around 40,000 homes were completely destroyed. a year on and infrastructure has been reestablished in the city center. the town's economy has now
resumed to 70% its previous size. local shopping arcades reopened this summer. stimulating the local economy. the upper market is known as the kitchen of taclobatacloban. it resumed business immediately after the typhoon, in december of 2013, but the produce on sale and foot traffic have yet to recover to pre typhoon levels. prices are back to how they use
coast, the sea water inundated henry's rice paddies. the typhoon wrecked not only henry's rice paddies, but also his home and belongings. henry left his wife and four children at his wife's parent's home, hoping to have them join him later after rebuilding his life. he still has no idea when he can reunite with them.
henry says he'll be able to send his children the money they need after he sells the rice he recently harvested. most of the dead or missing from typhoon haiyan lived along the coast. almost every home and building was swept away. to become mountains of debris. the district of anibong, tacloban city, is located on the coast and suffered unimaginable damage. now, rows of shacks line what's left of the streets. the makeshift homes are built
salvage or collect. it may provide adequate protection of every day weather, but not from the terror of violent winds. following the typhoon, many locals took up shelter with relatives, but most returned to the area around six months later. since haiyan hit, the construction of buildings within 40 meters of the coast was made illegal, but this ban has been largely ignored.
>> in order to build more permanent and temporary transitional houses. are getting as soon as possible, but i feel it will take three to four years. >> three to four years. >> yes, to build 14,500 houses. >> so far, only 1,500 temporary homes have been constructed. a month after typhoon haiyan hit taclob tacloban, asia insight reported on locals who turned broken refrigerators into boats. the coast was filled with tents provided by aid agencies.
now, the aid tents have gone, along with the refrigerator boats. locals have begun to build homes and resume fishing. ♪ we met reggie and nico at the village cemetery. of the seven family members reggie lost, only three were found. his mother, uncle and a brother. their remains are buried here. the bodies of his other brothers and nico's father have yet to be found.
the debris haiyan swept away has drastically affected the seabed. without sufficient homes, some fishermen have resorted to illegal trawling. reggie however, sticks to traditional methods and casts his nets in different locations every day in search of fish. but he's yet to find a good area to make a good catch.
the lives of local fishermen are no longer the same. these days, more and more are giving up on fishing all together and moving to manila in search of work. it's november 8th. 2014. the first anniversary of typhoon haiyan. preparations have been underway since early morning for memorial services in anibal.
♪ memorial services are held at churches and other locations around town. ♪ typhoon haiyan killed more than 7,000 people. and caused a total of roughly $2 billion u.s. dollars in damage. ♪ more than 150 people are still missing from the city of tacloban alone. some have yet to find their loved ones. on this day, henry is selling his rice. it's the yield from his last tenth of a hectre of land.
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